Originally from Northern England, Alan Norsworthy has been a photographer since the late 1960's.

He moved to Canada in 1973 and has made Guelph Ontario his home for the last 24 years.

" I remember visiting the CN Tower in the early 70's and the guide said that as far as you could see in any direction is the best farmland in Canada. That comment echoes down the years as I watch subdivisions eat up the landscape."

The area around Guelph offers up a plethora of rural images which Alan captures with his artistic vision. His work covers everything from macro photographs of flowers, sweeping landscapes, historic buildings and old abandoned farms in both colour and Black and White.

"This is where I find my inspiration, I have a need to show people the beauty I see as I walk the woods and fields of Southern Ontario"

Sunday, May 25, 2014

If you go down to the woods today ...

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest”.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

Shelley, ever the romantic ..
What he forgot to mention was the 'other things' that wake from their “wintry rest”, blackflies and mosquitoes !!
This is a time of love and hate..
The warm sun filtering through the tree's, birdsong fills the air the woodland carpet is turning from brown to green and a multitude of colour 'splashes' as the early flowers appear.
But all that is overshadowed by the 'no-see-'ums' buzzing in your ear and catching in your throat as you get a little extra protein with an unguarded breath.
Standing still to make a photograph becomes a chore as the little buggers catch up and swarm around your head. They know the perfect time to attack, a footfall lands on a root and you stumble because of what just landed in your ear.
Peering through the viewfinder trying to compose a photograph is just as difficult ...

Ah springtime in Ontario, but winter does have its attractions!

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